There are so many styles of soup, anything goes in the pot and becomes a banquet. I decided one day that I was going to make a soup that had the flavors of cheese, cream, spinach and sausage in a chicken broth but heartier. This soup was such a hit with everyone I didn't make a big enough pot. The tortellini and sausage made a delicious addition to the broth and was packed with the flavors of buttery cream sauce a little like Alfredo would taste.
Tuscan Sausage Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe
1 small bag of fresh spinach
1 large potato diced small
2 good sized chicken breast cut in small cubes
1lb sweet or mild Italian sausage
1/4 cup cooked pancetta bacon crumbled or regular bacon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 cups water
Optional: 1/4 cup Pinot Grigio wine
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 tablespoon parsley
salt, pepper to taste
2 cups chicken broth or use water if you don't have it
1/2 cup parmesan/romano blended cheese
2 cups or more of tortellini pasta
2 tablespoons butter
Pan fry in 2 tablespoon olive oil the sausage, potato and chicken together until cooked around 5 minutes stirring, add the spinach and garlic cook until wilted.
Add the water, chicken broth, wine if using, garlic powder, parsley, salt, pepper, bacon and cook until the chicken is tender and the flavor around blended, around 35 to 45 minutes on medium heat.
In the meantime cook the pasta, drain. Add drained pasta and cheese when the soup has finish cooking, stir in cream, butter and heat just until butter is melted.
Note: If you prefer a thicker soup add some water and cornstarch or flour to thicken this up or just sop it up with a nice loaf of garlic bread.
+claudia lamascolo Author
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